The Purdue Agile Strategy Lab is a pioneer in the field of collaboration science. The need has never been greater. Our organizations, our nations, and our planets face extraordinary challenges. It’s no longer enough to fix old systems – instead, we need to create “what’s next.”
What is “collaboration science”?
Collaborative science brings together a number of disciplines and approaches, including design thinking, agile, innovation science, lean, social labs, asset-based development, appreciative inquiry, and collective impact. Each of these has tremendous value in specific situations and begs a larger question: how can people work together effectively in a rapidly-changing world?
What is the Lab’s history?
The Lab team began its work as part of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, assisting Indiana communities and regions to tackle issues of economic, community and workforce development. Over the years our work has expanded tremendously. While we still work in Indiana and work on these same concerns, our activities now take us around the world, and allow us to partner on a much wider variety of challenges (see the box to the right). Given this wider scope, in 2016 we became an independent unit at the university, housed within Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Engineering Technology.
What we’re working on (a sample)
- State workforce systems
- Interdisciplinary research
- The opioid crisis
- Entrepreneurial ecosystems
- Long-term care systems
- Food innovation
- Technology management
- Local government reform
- Engineering education
What’s the connection of the Lab to Strategic Doing?
Many people first came to know our work through Lab director Ed Morrison’s development of Strategic Doing, a discipline to structure collaborative work. Strategic Doing remains one of our signature offerings. We are the “founding affiliate” in a network of universities offering training in Strategic Doing, under the oversight of the Strategic Doing Institute, a nonprofit organization.